Report: Chiefs “working” to make Eric Berry the NFL’s highest-paid safety

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The Chiefs are trying to finalize a deal with safety Eric Berry that would make Berry the NFL’s highest-paid safety, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

Getting that deal done soon would not only keep Berry off the market but would give the Chiefs the chance to use their franchise tag on nose tackle Dontari Poe instead of using it on Berry for a second straight year. The deadline to place the franchise tag on players in Wednesday, March 1.

With that deadline looming and the Chiefs wanting to keep both players, the report said the sides are “working hard” at nailing down the details on a new contract for Berry.

Both Berry and Poe have played their entire careers with the Chiefs and both rank in the top 25 of PFT’s Hot 100 Free Agents list. The league year and free agent period open next week, on March 9.

Berry, 28, is a five-time Pro Bowler who beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being diagnosed in 2014 and has played some of his best football over the last two seasons. Poe, 26, could be headed for free agency for the first time. He was a first-round pick in 2012, is a two-time Pro Bowler and has only missed two games in his five-year career.

20 responses to “Report: Chiefs “working” to make Eric Berry the NFL’s highest-paid safety

  1. I find it amazing that the Chiefs were willing to wait this long to get something done. He’s the best safety in the league, and you were willing to piss him off over this. Guess it’s not a wonder that the Chiefs have never won anything.

  2. This deal will definitely get done. Eric Berry is to the Kansas City Chiefs as George Brett was to the Kansas City Royals. I lifer, a Hall of Famer, today’s Sultan of Swat. The Real Deal Holyfield. The list goes on.

    12 more wins next year too. Denver don’t like that. Raiders don’t like that. Poor Chargers ain’t got nothin to say.

  3. i gotta say, KC has been hitting paydirt on a lot of their draft picks lately. good FO. fisher and baldwin aside, of course.

  4. His stats are very similar to Devin McCourty’s who gets 9 million a year. He had 4 INTs as opposed to 1 and 9 passes defensed as opposed to 6, other than that almost identical.

    The extra value vs the passing game is worth an extra million or so a year. If they pay him more than 10-10.5 million a year they’re overpaying.

  5. Nothing to see here. #29 is going to be a lifelong Chief. Dorsey will get the job done and EB will sign on the line. Everything else you’ve heard is posturing.

  6. berry is good but kc went on a winning streak without him in ’15 and made the playoffs. would be nce to have branch as depth but he left.

  7. 12 more wins next year too. Denver don’t like that. Raiders don’t like that. Poor Chargers ain’t got nothin to say.

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    And lose the 1st playoff game you guys play?!?! Lol #GoBroncos we have won the last 3 Super Bowls in this division.

  8. As much as I respect what he has accomplished, and what he has gone through, he is far from the best safety in the NFL. He is a good player, but its not even close.

  9. ariani1985 says:
    Feb 27, 2017 8:32 PM
    Chiefs will have the division locked up by week 5!
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    And again, they won’t get past the first round in the playoffs.

  10. I’m always leery of players that demand they be highest-paid. Next year, when another safety signs a bigger deal, he’s going to whine and bawl about being disrespected and demanding a new contract. That’s the way it works with players who love money more than the game.

  11. when another safety signs a bigger deal, he’s going to whine and bawl about being disrespected and demanding a new contract.
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    Wrong…Berry has never whined about anything, including cancer. He just put in work and beat it.
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    he is far from the best safety in the NFL. He is a good player, but its not even close.
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    Really…I guess you know more than ProFootballFocus who has him listed at #3 in the top 50 free agents this year.
    Bleacher Report has him as the best Safety in the league.
    And every other sports outlet that you can think of has him in the top 5…yet somehow…according to you…”he isn’t even close”. You should probably try watching some football someday.

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